Submissions

We’re drawn to well-crafted poems that are attentive to language and music, whether formal, free verse, prose poem, or experimental.

About the submission fee:

We charge the smallest submission fee allowed by Submittable ($2.00), so that we can continue using their website to track submissions, send responses, etc.

About response times:

We respond to submissions very quickly, sometimes even within a few hours, but usually within a week. A fast response doesn’t mean we haven’t considered your work carefully. It only means we don’t have a backlog, and your work is so terrific that we know we must have it. Because of this fast response time, we would appreciate it if you would NOT send poems you’re simultaneously submitting elsewhere.

To submit your work, follow these guidelines, and then click the Submit button below.

Submission guidelines:

  • On the first page of a Word document (doc or docx only), include your name, contact info, and a short biographical blurb of 100 words max, written in third person. If you want to list journal publications, please include only 3 or 4 of them.
  • Put 3 to 5 unpublished poems on the following pages of the document, with each poem on a separate page. (Use Ctrl+Enter to create page breaks.)

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If edits are needed:

If your work contains simple misspellings or typos, we will usually correct them without notifying you. If the issue is a matter of style or opinion, we will contact you to discuss changes. We follow the Chicago Manual of Style, 16th Edition, and Merriam-Webster Unabridged.

Legal stuff:

If your work is accepted by Clementine Unbound, you agree to grant us exclusive first publication rights and the nonexclusive right to include your work in our archives. You agree that if your poem subsequently appears elsewhere, you will credit Clementine Unbound as the original publisher.

These guidelines are subject to change at the drop of a hat.